Holden was upbeat for the future of his team, however, as youth dominates the Arabians roster.
“They’re all freshmen and sophomores, you can’t ask for much more with the youth we have,” Holden said. “I’m pleased with what we did."
Seth Eagleson of New Palestine won the individual competition with a time of 16:53.97.
Frankton finished ninth overall, followed by Lapel (10th), Shenandoah (13th), Anderson Preparatory Academy (14th), Alexandria (15th), Anderson (19th) and Elwood (23rd).
Dylan Diane (17th) was the top Frankton finisher, Logan Bradley (20th) led Lapel, Kyle Demick (48th) was the top Shenandoah finisher, Tyler Barnes (APA) finished 18th, Alexandria’s Leyton Peavler was 56th, Ben Gray (76th) paced Anderson and Grayden Creamer (94th) led Elwood’s contingent.
The afternoon race was held in 90-degree heat and took its toll on a few runners. Other than the normal sore muscles, one of the female competitors from Mt. Vernon suffered an asthma attack after finishing the race, and one of the male runners was taken by ambulance to the hospital after collapsing on the course. The runner was not identified, and there was no update on his condition.